Global Faculty Engagement

Cronkite faculty engage globally in a variety of assignments and settings, often as international instructors, presenters and media experts.

Ali Hussain is an assistant professor of Digital Audience Engagement. He has more than a decade of experience in behavior change communication, social influence and persuasion campaigns. Hussain’s qualifications include a master’s degree in Health Communication from Michigan State University on a Fulbright scholarship (2013), post-graduate certification in Public Health from the University of Manchester, U.K. (2006) and a master’s degree in Information Systems Management (2005). During his Ph.D. study, Hussain worked on research projects funded by USAID, the National Science Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

In 2018, Hussain received the outstanding doctoral student award by the School of Journalism at MSU. Internationally, Hussain has served in managerial positions for the International Rescue Committee and Save the Children on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent, and health projects in Pakistan. During his role as a behavior change communication manager with the IRC, Hussain managed the creative design, implementation and evaluation of a $1 million communication campaign. Hussain also received an outstanding performance award for his work with Save the Children in 2011. Hussain’s research includes both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Hussain also has published scholarship in the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journal of Communication Research Reports, Journal of Medical & Internet Research, Journal of American College Health and BMC Public Health, among other journals. Hussain has presented at several conferences including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, International Communication Association, National Communication Association, Computer-Human Interaction, Global Digital Health Forum, Kentucky Health Communication, DC Health Communication Conferences, and Conference on the Society for Personality and Social Psychology convention.

Marianne Barrett, Ph.D. Michigan State University, has mentored numerous Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows throughout the ten years that the program has been part of the Cronkite School’s Global Initiatives and in fall 2019, she taught the Humphrey Seminar, a graduate-level class that focuses on leadership development. Barrett also served as faculty mentor to three visiting scholars from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. The scholars spent a semester at the Cronkite School as part of a three-year U.S. Department of State-funded partnership between ASU and the Pakistani university. In fall 2016, Barrett traveled to Pakistan as part of that program and ,later, was a discussant on the Teaching and Practice of Journalism session, Placing Pakistan: Engaging Multidisciplinary Approaches Conference at ASU.

Additionally, in June 2019, Barrett led the Power of Pedagogy session of the Journalism, Technology and Democracy Institute, a U.S. Department of State-sponsored program that brings international scholars to the United States. She has traveled to Portugal and South Africa to participate in the biennial World Media Economics and Management Conference.

Professor of Practice Heather Dunn was invited by the U.S. State Department in Tirana, Albania to help train journalists with RTSH on visual storytelling in July of 2019, working with those journalists during their tumultuous election and subsequent protests. She also helped with the production of RTSH's investigative newscast "31 Minuta."

Leonard Downie, Weil Family Professor in the Howard Center for Investigative Reporting, was the London correspondent for The Washington Post from 1979 to 1982, covering the rise of Margaret Thatcher, the Falklands War, formative years of the European Union, and Scandinavia. As managing editor (1984-1991) and executive editor (1991-2008), he oversaw all The Post’s news coverage, including foreign affairs, traveling to London, Paris, Berlin, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo, among other places. As a foreign correspondent and editor, he interviewed heads of government in Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and China, among other countries.

Hazel Kwon, Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, has been an external collaborator for research projects run by the AI and Media Research Lab at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. She has a courtesy appointment to the international advisory board for the Department of Interactive Science at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea. Currently, she serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia. In 2016, she was invited as a visiting scholar-in-residence of the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University in Toronto, CA. She has presented multiple research talks at several universities in South Korea including Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Sungkyunkwan University, Sogang University and Yeungnam University.

Reynolds Visiting Professor, Susan Lisovicz has co-led several Cronkite School Study Abroad trips, including an intensive three-week program in the Middle East and others through Ireland, England, Germany and Italy. She has lectured at Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Poland and is the recipient of three journalism fellowships overseas in Europe and Asia. She was also invited to attend the WISE summit in Doha, Qatar. She has reported from Bangladesh, Kenya, Panama and South Africa for CNBC and New Zealand and Switzerland for CNN.

Jacob L. Nelson co-organized a Media Training Workshop held at the University of Zagreb in Croatia in 2019. He also regularly presents research at international conferences. He most recently presented work at the Future of Journalism Conference at Cardiff University in Wales.

Kristy Roschke is the managing director of Cronkite's News Co/Lab. She researches and teaches media literacy and the effects of misinformation on trust in journalism. She led a week-long workshop on media literacy and misinformation for the 2019 SUSI scholars and regularly gives talks and participates in webinars for Cronkite Global Initiatives visitors. She was invited by CIVIX, a Canadian media literacy organization, to participate in a misinformation panel before the country's 2019 election.

Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor of Practice Fernanda Santos has trained journalists in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and Salvador, Brazil, on narrative writing skills and compassionate reporting.

She has participated on workshops and panels about U.S. immigration policies toward Latin America, including a 2019 program organized by the Mexico's Consejo Nacional para Prevenir la Discriminación (National Counsel to Prevent Discrimination) and a 2020 panel organized by the Instituto Electoral del Estado de Querétaro, or the Electoral Institute of Querétaro State, in Mexico, about the U.S. presidential elections and its impact on Mexican migrants and politics.

Kristin Gilger, Reynolds Professor in Business Journalism and former senior associate dean of the Cronkite School, has conducted training for journalists abroad for the past 15 years. Most recently, she was part of a team of Cronkite faculty members who traveled to Lahore, Pakistan, twice as part of a U.S. State Department grant to help journalism educators improve their teaching and research. She also has conducted journalism skills training in Mexico and led leadership training for female journalists in Bangladesh, traveling to Dhaka three times as part of a U.S. State Department grant. She also led a student reporting trip to Monterrey, Mexico, to report on how NAFTA had affected that country. She has helped develop numerous grant proposals for Cronkite faculty to conduct training in other countries and that have brought journalists, communications professionals from around the world to the Cronkite School.

Dan Gillmor has spoken and taught in many countries, including the Highway Africa conference in South Africa; the World Journalism Education Congress in New Zealand, the International Journalism Festival in Italy, and many more. He has given lectures at a number of universities around the world. At the invitation of the U.S. State Department, he's visited Egypt, Russia, and Colombia, among other countries, for lectures, panels, and work with journalism organizations and students. He co-created and taught one “We the Media” and “Mediactive” have been translated into a number of foreign languages, and he has given talks in many of those nations as part of publishers' book launches.

Associate Professor and Director of Research and Doctoral Studies Dawn Gilpin has presented at conferences and delivered keynote addresses in Italy, England, Denmark, and elsewhere. She was a faculty mentor for a State Department-funded program in collaboration with the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan, where she also presented and held workshops. She is the academic director for the Cronkite School’s Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) on “Journalism, Technology and Democracy,” also funded by the State Department, which brings media scholars from around the world to Arizona and the U.S. for six weeks in the summer. She is currently conducting research on narrative geographies of science, focusing on the coronavirus pandemic and climate change.

Rick Rodriguez is a Southwest Borderlands Professor of Practice at the Cronkite School. He came to ASU to establish Cronkite's Borderlands program after a long career in newspapers, including nine years as executive editor of The Sacramento Bee. Each year, he teaches a seminar on U.S.-Mexico border issues and a depth reporting class that includes on-ground field reporting for students in other countries and U.S. territories. Students in the class have reported from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, Hungary, Peru and Panama.

Professor Joseph Russomanno has been an invited delegate to the Oxford Round Table on Freedom of Speech and Press at Oxford University where he presented a paper. He has also made presentations to students and television station employees in Hermosillo, Mexico, on careers and ethics. More recently, Dr. Russomanno made several presentations in Kathmandu, Nepal as part of a U.S. State Department-sponsored visit to speak to government officials, media managers, journalists and students. He spoke on free press and speech issues as Nepal attempted to write and ratify a new Constitution. He attended a conference in Lahore, Pakistan to present “The Role of Free Speech in University Public Life.” He has also supervised the work of an assistant professor from Pakistan’s University of the Punjab.

Julia Wallace is the Frank Russell Chair in the Business of Journalism and leads various innovative efforts at Cronkite. She teaches entrepreneurship, and ethics and gender in the media workplace. She also heads a training program for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the Mayo Clinic-Cronkite Medical Journalism Fellowship and oversees the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Desk at Cronkite News. Before joining the Cronkite School, she was a top media executive and high-ranking editor at four major newspapers. She was the first woman editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and led a successful effort to converge TV, newspaper, radio and digital organizations at Cox Media Group Ohio. She also was managing editor of the Arizona Republic, the Chicago Sun-Times and USA Today. She and Senior Associate Dean Kristin Gilger have written a book on women leaders in the media, “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned About What It Takes to Lead.”

She was named the 2004 Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher Magazine. Her alma mater, Northwestern University, inducted her into the Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement and awarded her the Alumni Merit Award. While she was editor in Atlanta, the newspaper won two Pulitzer Prizes. She is a national board member of the Alzheimer’s Association.

As an expert on Chinese nationalism and crisis communication, Associate Professor Xu Wu has been interviewed and quoted widely by world media. He is an active member of the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association, and presents regularly at national and international conferences. In recent years, his research interests have centered on such theories and concepts as soft power, national image-building, cross-cultural crisis management and public diplomacy, especially in cases that involve China and the United States. A collection of his writings in Chinese, "Crafting the Chinese Dream," contains his latest findings and thoughts in these areas.

John Misner is a veteran media executive who was president of Gannett's Phoenix NBC affiliate and chief operating officer of Gannett's combined television, print and digital operation before joining ASU and the Cronkite School in 2017. He is past president of the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees and serves as curator of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and senior advisor to the ASU Foundation, which includes development efforts for ASU's archaeology lab at Teotihuacan, San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico. He is also a director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission.

The website of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at ASU has visitors from around the world; site visits came from 125 countries and territories in just one month.